Monthly Archives: August 2014

HMRC Phasing-Out Use of Premium 0845 Numbers

HMRC is phasing out its use of 0845 telephone numbers and moving to 03 numbers. According to the government 03 number costs up to 9p a minute from landlines and 40p a minute from mobiles, similar to calling a geographical numbers. This compares to … Continue reading

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Changes to make VAT Return Filing Fair

HMRC lost the tax appeal Aztec Distributors & Others [2013] UKFTT 522  because the law was unfair in forcing online filing regardless and so discriminated against the elderly, disable or persons with bad internet connections. Ironically the Tribunal found despite HMRC having … Continue reading

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Tax and Chum-ocracy vs. Bigot-ocracy

The UK political party conference season is gearing up with one of the main parties declaring plans for a tax-free personal allowance of £12,500 and a top rate of 40%. Ideally tax should be fair and neutral. In my view in recent years the UK political … Continue reading

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EU Investigating Another US internet Company

The EU is said to be investigating yet another US internet company about its tax affairs. Doubtless the company considers it is acting perfectly legally. The problem seems to be with the EU in fostering a discriminatory tax regime. The EU … Continue reading

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UK Taxpayers Paying for Home Office Border Mistakes

In another of my “What do UK taxpayers actually get for their tax money?” posts, I note the Home Office is to pay a US company £224 m after it illegally ended a contract for border security checks.   Firstly, who knew … Continue reading

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HMRC Website Moving to Gov.uk

HMRC’s self-assessment guides will move to the general Gov.uk website around 21st August. This is part of the move to steadily put all government department into the Gov.uk site. HMRC’s content will steadily be moved over to the new Gov.uk site, … Continue reading

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New VAT Notice 708 on Buildings and Construction

HMRC have issued a new edition of their VAT Notice 708 about buildings and construction. Among the changes are HMRC accepting that central controls for lights, heating etc are now “ordinarily” incorporated in a dwelling and more on the definition … Continue reading

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